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Buddy Valastro (right), General Raymond T. Odierno and other members of the United States Army cut a cake to celebrate the Army's 237th birthday in 2012.
|Born||Bartolo Valastro, Jr.
March 3, 1977
Hoboken, New Jersey
|Occupation||Owner of Carlos Bakery|
|Spouse(s)||Lisa Valastro (m. 2001)|
Bartolo "Buddy" Valastro, Jr. (born March 3, 1977) is an Italian American celebrity chef, entrepreneur, and reality television personality. He serves as head baker at Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey, which has built a new factory at Lackawanna Center, a mixed industrial/retail complex in Jersey City, and opened multiple branch locations.
He is perhaps best known as the star of the reality television series Cake Boss, which premiered in April 2009. He is also the host of the show's spin-off, Kitchen Boss, as well as the competitive reality television series Next Great Baker and his new show Bakery Boss, which airs new episodes on TLC.
Valastro was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, to Buddy Valastro, Sr., and Mary Valastro on March 3, 1977. He was raised in Hoboken, New Jersey. Valastro began working at his family's business, Carlo's Bakery at age 11, alongside his father. Valastro's father died when he was 17 in 1994, and he succeeded him as the new "Cake Boss."
He began running the bakery; it has come to fame due to the reality television series "Cake Boss", which follows the operation of the business. The series premiered on TLC in April 2009. Due to the success of the show, the business has built a factory at Lackawanna Center in nearby Jersey City, which is used as additional space to construct specialty cakes, as well as the ability to make baked goods for shipment across the country. Due to the limited amount of space at the Hoboken location, the business was unable to deliver cakes beyond normal driving distance from the bakery. The bakery had conducted a limited trial internet sale of pies in October 2009, to test the viability of selling products on the internet. However, the team could not convince Valastro to make pies as he stated, "Pies are made of people. Cake Boss does not make-a pies!"
On May 24, 2011, the bakery opened its first branch location, called "Cake Boss Café", at the Discovery Times Square Exposition at 226 West 44th Street in Times Square,in New York City. This location sells smaller Carlo's Bakery goods, as well as Carlo's Bakery and Cake Boss merchandise. On February 10, 2013, the bakery opened its first full-range branch location in Ridgewood, New Jersey.
In January 2012, as a result of the attention that the shop and the TV series had brought to the city of Hoboken, the Hudson Reporter named Valastro as an honorable mention in its list of Hudson County, New Jersey Hudson County's 50 most influential people.
Buddy Valastro resides in East Hanover, New Jersey, with his wife, Lisa, and four kids, Sofia (born April 2003), Buddy (born September 2004), Marco (born February 26 2007), and Carlo (born 14 February 2011). Buddy has four sisters who all work at Carlo's Bakery, Grace, Mary, Madeline and Lisa.
TV Shows on TLC
- "Buddy Valastro – Biography". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved February 22, 2013.
- Staff. "The Cake Boss returns to Hoboken", May 7, 2010. Accessed December 9, 2013. "Cake Boss Buddy Valastro returned to Hoboken on April 27 to accept the 'keys to the city' during ceremonies at Borough Hall. Valastro, who grew up in town, is best known for his starring role on the TLC television program The Cake Boss.".